Another guide to phylogenetic diversity metrics

I feel like I’ve read hundred (OK at least 10’s…) of articles attempting to formulate a guide on using phylogenetic  diversity metrics, so my hopes weren’t high that the new article by Tucker et al would provide any new insights into the topic. However, I really liked this article as it was reasonably concise, provided a useful summary  and gave good examples linking phylogenetic diversity metrics to to ecological questions. Definitely worth a read!

Here is the link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/brv.12252/full

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Southern 16: Phylodiversity in space and other cool techniques

Methods in ecology in evolution has been recently posting a series of articles and blog posts from the Southern Hemisphere Connections conference in Chile (“Southern 16”), including one from a good friend of mine Nick Beeton. How I wish I was there! The link to the blog is here: https://methodsblog.wordpress.com/.

One particularly interesting article (other than Nick’s!) was by Shaun Laffan and Andrew Thornhill on a tool (named rather uninspiringly as ‘biodiverse’) that links phylogentic diversity indices to geographic space. The user interface looks great and I like how you can add any index to the program – which is great because I usually prefer the Helmus et al PSV/PSE (see previous posts) rather than the indices they mention in the blog atleast. One future upgrade they are working on is a way to re-scale phylogenetic trees when you hover over a geographic cell – this would be great if they can pull it off. I’m looking forward to having a play around withe the program to see what is possible.

 

A nice collection of papers from functional ecology

As the rise of phylogenetic community ecology continues, it is nice to periodically summarize some of the important streams of research happening in this exciting new discipline. This is exactly what Functional Ecology have done by putting together a a virtual issue highlighting some neat papers from across the discipline. The papers in are, of course, very plant focused but hopefully soon we can expand the envelope to look at animal and parasite communities as well. Stay tuned….

The link is here: http://www.functionalecology.org/view/0/virtualIssues/VI_phylogenetics.htm